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The next La Masia stars to look out for at Barcelona

Barcelona’s young stars impressed last season with Lamine Yamal, Fermin Lopez and Pau Cubarsi all breaking into the first team.

They look set to be joined this summer by Hector Fort, Marc Casado and Alex Valle – as Barcelona’s academy continues to produce top talent.

So which players are hoping to follow in their footsteps and impress Rafa Marquez and Hansi Flick next season? Time to have a little look….

Marc Bernal

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Midfielder Bernal has already been tipped to be the next La Masia star to make the breakthrough into the first team and seems to be the club’s great midfield hope for the future.

Bernal has recently turned 17 and the big hope is that he could end up being the club’s next homegrown No. 6 and the long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets.

Barcelona are set to tie Bernal down to a new contract and we should see him in pre-season. If all goes well, he could get chances in the 2024-25 campaign too.

Noah Darvich

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Darvich has just spent his first season with Barcelona Atletic, and won the Under-17 World Cup with Germany along the way, but could well be in line for the first team following the arrival of Hansi Flick.

The former Germany boss is said to know Darvich well, from his time working in the national set-up, which can only be good news for the 17-year-old’s prospects at Barcelona.

Darvich’s versatility may also help his first-team chances and he’s another player likely to be given a chance to push for some first-team minutes during pre-season.

Unai Hernandez

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Unai Hernandez was in and around the first-team squad last season while also being arguably Barcelona Atletic’s best player and scoring 10 goals for Marquez’s men.

The left winger also scored a memorable hat-trick in the semi-finals of the promotion play-offs against Ibiza in a really impressive showing.

Barcelona are thought to be in talks to extend Unai’s contract this summer, and there’s every chance he could debut next season.

Guille Fernandez

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Xavi took a check on Guille Fernandez last season in training, with the then-15-year-old called up during October’s international break when the Barca boss was short on numbers.

Big things are already expected of the highly-rated midfielder who has already surpassed a Lamine Yamal record after becoming the youngest player to feature for Barcelona Atletic back in April.

Former youth coach Ivan Carrasco says he can follow in Yamal’s footsteps. He told Sport: “Lamine is a chosen one who is in another dimension and is not comparable, but Guille is on the next step”

Fernandez certainly looks to be a really special prospect and possibly the highest-rated talent in La Masia right now. One thing is for certain, he’s certainly one to keep an eye on at Barcelona.

Dani Rodriguez

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Barcelona had looked set to lose Dani Rodriguez this summer, but it now seems he will sign a new contract at the club despite interest from elsewhere.

All of which is great news for the Catalans, as Rodriguez is a very talented winger and another player pushing for a first-team debut.

Oscar Gistau

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Marc Guiu is on the verge of leaving Barcelona which means it’s over to Oscar Gistau to be the club’s great hope for the future when it comes to banging the goals in.

The 16-year-old is expected to commit his future to the club shortly, despite offers from elsewhere and sign a new contract that runs until 2027.

With Guiu going, the path opens up for Gistau to try and make an impact at the club. There’s probably also a route into the first team in the not-too-distant future if he can continue his current trajectory, with Robert Lewandowski set to turn 36 in August.

Pau Prim

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Prim is another player likely to benefit from some movement this summer. Casado’s promotion to the first team could be good news and more Barca Atletic minutes for Prim.

Much like Gavi, the teenager has been at Barcelona since he was a kid, is a well-loved figure at the club and a real culer at heart.

He’s another player being tipped to be included on the club’s pre-season tour and, along with Casado and Bernal (and of course Pedri and Gavi), the future of Barca’s midfield looks very bright indeed.

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